Fifty years after creating the iconic swinging '60s dune buggy that put the Beach Boys and the Monkees on wheels, Bruce Meyers is still at it.
Meyers, 88, brought a fleet of his Manx buggies out this month for a little anniversary historic appreciation to the Quail luxury motor show in Carmel, Calif. Meyers has sold about 7,000 of the fiberglass buggies since they first captured the attention of the Pepsi Generation in 1964, all based on the 1960s-era Volkswagen Beetle chassis.
Meyers is still selling versions of the Manx kit through his Meyers Manx venture in Valley Center, Calif., starting at around $4,700. His latest variation, the Kick-Out, is still based on the old Beetle chassis, which has to be acquired separately through recycling centers.
Sparked by images of Manx'ed rock singers and surfers climbing the California dunes in the '60s, other ventures copied the design around the world. Meyers estimates that more than 300,000 buggies have been sold globally that at least "look like" the Manx.
"It was always about the fun," says Meyers, a onetime boat builder. "You rode in it, and it was fun. You saw people riding in one, and it looked fun. Even today when I'm driving one and pass somebody in traffic, they give me the thumbs up."